Business and Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Fraud and Disputes

Unfortunately, it is all too common for sellers and others to lie in order to obtain money from even the most cautious individuals. Similarly, it is not uncommon for unhappy buyer and investors to claim that they were tricked and deceived when the results of an investment do not turn out as they hoped. Real Estate Fraud occurs where there is a misrepresentation or use of false information by a party to a real estate transaction. Real Estate Transactions involve several parties who are all at risk of fraud. The most common parties are sellers, buyers and real estate agents. Some common types of real estate fraud include:

Seller-in-Disguise Fraud
In these fraud cases, a person allegedly working on your behalf buys the property under a third party, pumps up the price, and then sells it to you at the higher price, without telling you that he is the true seller.  The perpetrators of this type of fraud are usually your investment partners, real estate professional or family members.

Inflated-Expenses Fraud
In these fraud cases, a management company, real estate professional, or your friend, inflates the costs of managing your investment property through the use of third-parties, either by making false expenses claims, kickbacks or through control of the alleged third-party.

Title Fraud
In these fraud cases, someone lies to you or another person, or creates false documents, regarding their ownership of the property. The perpetrator will then sell the property or take out a mortgage on the property, and as a result you may lose the property or your security in the property.

Lying-Seller Fraud
In these fraud cases, a seller or a real estate professional lies to you to hide a problem with the property.  You only discover it after you have purchased the property and now have to pay to correct the problem that the seller concealed.

Two-Timing Buyer
In these cases, a buyer hires you the real estate professional, to find a property. You find it for him, and then he used a different agent to close, or closes himself, asserting that he has no real estate agent.

Reckless Agent
In these cases, a real estate professional does not adequately protect you in the transaction, causing you to lose money or receive a substandard property.

When someone has tried to take advantage of you, let us assist you demand recovery, with the appropriate mix of court litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Partner, Shareholder and Member Fraud and Disputes

Perhaps you went into business with a friend-of-a-friend. Perhaps you did not obtain legal counsel prior to investing your money and time. Or perhaps you did all the due diligence you could, but were nevertheless taken advantage of. Partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, principals and agents; Depending on the type of relationship you entered into, those around you owe you various duties, and you owe them. In can be very complex to determine and prove who was obligated to do what, that they failed to do so, and the amount of damage such failure caused you. We can help. Let us assist you prosecute your claims and defend your interests.

Other Business and Real Estate Disputes

Your business is exposed to countless risks every day. From contract disputes to employee theft to unfair actions by competitors, the threats are numerous and can be significant. We can assist you resolve these issues through the appropriate mix of court litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Contracts are a basic part of life, and even more so in business. When one of the contracting parties is not carrying out their obligations, let us assist you with the appropriate mix of court litigation, arbitration, mediation and negotiation.

Leases / Evictions
Whether you are in the business of renting out spaces to tenants, or are a tenant who needs to rent space for your business, the lease is a critical component of your business. And when things go wrong, you need legal representation to protect your rights and your business.

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